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post #16 of 552
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I really don't think of it as "taming" the bass, no. But I don't think of the sound of the combo to be at all bloated. I think the magic of the DX1000 is that the bass is very deep, but ultra-fast, and the CSP-2 does not mess this up, thank goodness.
post #17 of 552
Ah, brilliant.

It's definitely on my shortlist.
post #18 of 552
Any chance we can see some internal shots?
post #19 of 552
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No, I am not going to take it apart - sorry. I don't disassemble loaner units.
post #20 of 552
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
No, I am not going to take it apart - sorry. I don't disassemble loaner units.
I totally understand
post #21 of 552
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Originally Posted by sberger View Post
Great review. And yes, a great amp, which I have proudly owned for over 2 years. And by the way, it is also a terrific preamp which I use with Steve's Taboo amp.

Decware makes very good stuff.
I just received a new Taboo, too. I have had it for just 11 days. I am inclined to eventually add a CSP2 to my Taboo.
post #22 of 552
I own the predecessor of this unit, the MLB amplifier and I use it in my office. From what I have read, the MLB is very close to the CSP2 in performance, etc. It uses the same 6N1P/5Y3 tube combination and uses an expensive English Sowter transformer. It is very well made and inspired confidence.

DECWARE is very open about all their gear. They are not hiding anything from anybody. On their forums you can read about problems folks have had as well as what the majority of posters over there have to say; that they are deeply, madly satisfied with their equipment.

You can call with a question any time and the people on the other end are always helpful; what is more, they love audio.
LL
post #23 of 552
Skylab,

Try a 6106 as the rectifier in your CSP2. The "Red Bank" tube sounds very good and it's TOUGH. Like the 6087/5Y3WGTB, the 6106 is a 5Y3 with a cathode sleeve. Bendix developed the type for use in (sic) Nike anti-aircraft guided missiles.

Chinese and Russian tubes purported to be 5U4Gs can be disappointing. They are known to arc over, when used in combination with caps. and voltages that are well within published limits. If 5U4s hold your interest, I suggest you acquire a NOS, US made, 5U4GB. Sorry, you don't get the "sexy" ST envelope, but you do get the crucial electrical and sonic performance.
post #24 of 552
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Thanks Eli. If I wasn't clear, I am not using ANY Chinese or Russian tubes. I am using NOS Sylvania tubes. I have been using a Sylvania 5Y3G, and I did use a 6106 as well as the 6087/5Y3WGTB, but I am now using a JAN-Sylvania VT-244/5U4G. I have been using JAN-Sylvania 6DJ8's the whole time.
post #25 of 552
Shipping notification received! Should be here within the next week. It took one month from ordering till they finished it. And that was exactly what they told me. I have started looking for tubes on ebay. Are there any who can recommend a few trustworthy ebay dealers who ships 6DJ8 or its equivavelent worldwide?
post #26 of 552
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I'd recommend Welcome to TubeDepot.com! - pick up some JAN Sylvanias.
post #27 of 552
Thank you Skylab! I will do that!
post #28 of 552
Today it was delivered to my door. I had to pay 230 dollars in customs charge, so the total inclusive shipping is 1143 dollars. I have just tried it for two hours with the original tubes; 1 Ruby 5U4GC and three Russian 6N1P. Even with this tubes it beats my Two modified Darkvoice 336i and graham Slee Solo hands down! My MD2000 Deluxe, markl modded Denon D2000, really shines! This CSP2 together with the markl modded Denons are the two audio buys ever that have made me most satisfied! Will write more later.
post #29 of 552
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Very good to hear, arirug! If you can get a Western vintage/NOS 5U4G and some 6DJ8's, it will sound even better! Congrats on getting a fine, fine amp.
post #30 of 552
Thank you Skylab! I have allready bought 3 NOS Sylvania 6DJ8 tubes, 2 NOS 5U4GB JAN Philips and 2 5U4GB Sylvania NOS.
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